I have to agree but I have no where the same amount of experience as you. I
got the scanner into scanning Public Safety and could not get it out. I
tried everything even taking remote control of the scanner through FreeScan.
I was getting very frustrated. So I got online to the easy to read manual.
It showed me how to start various tasks but I quickly noticed that it
doesn't always show how to stop the task. Maybe it was there but I sure did
not see it. Of course I was under pressure because the scanner found a
channel and was motor-boating itself to death and would not move on. I did a
temp lockout but it kept finding another channel to make noise on. I don't
know for sure what I did but I find got it to stop scanning the Public
Don't get me wrong. I love the scanner. But it sure can be confusing and
frustrating at times. I agree with you that most of what I do is programming
through FreeScan. Doing anything on the keyboard scares me to death! LOL
I'll keep trying so I learn it someday!
Sent: Friday, August 23, 2013 10:57 PM
Subject: [BCD396XT] paul, i admit defeat ...
well, no. if i wanted to save the frequency i'd want a /save/ key so i could
have control over it. just enter the frequency i typed in and if i want to
save it somewhere i'll figure that out later. i have no idea where it wants
to save this frequency or whether having it saved will come back and bite me
in the ass later--that sort of thing happens constantly. so i'm lost. i can
either hit 'E(yes)' and let it take me into an uncharted menu tree from
which i can't get out of, or i can hit '.(no)' to cancel.
but i lie, hitting 'no' doesn't cancel anything. it takes me into a
different menu tree that i never asked for, don't want, and don't know how
to back out of. i have to resort to hitting the /.no/ key again to
(hopefully) get out of this menu without changing anything.
i hate to say it paul, but for me i just can't see how the 396xt user
interface could be any less intuitive. perhaps being a lifelong radioman and
computer technician has instilled me certain ideas about how such things
should interact with the user and i'm just incapable of learning a new
paradigm despite owning every single scrap of documentation available on how
to interact with this box. the best thing i can say about the user interface
is that i'm sure the radio shack scanners were worse.
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